The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a renowned professional organization for architects in the United States. The noble institution is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It offers education, community redevelopment, government advocacy, and public outreach to promote the architecture profession and enhance its public image. Moreover, the American Institute of Architects collaborates with other members of the design and construction sectors to help in advancing the building industry. Presently, the AIA is under the leadership of Robert Ivy.
AIA was established in 1857 in New York by a team of 13 architects to elevate the profession and advance the practical perfection of its members. The initial team included Henry W. Cleaveland, Leopold Eidlitz, Charles Babcock, Henry Dudley, Edward Gardiner, Fred A. Peterson, and Richard Morris Hunt. The other experts in the team were John Welch, Joseph C. Wells and Richard M. Upjohn.
Presently, AIA has a membership of over 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. Its members uphold the codes of ethics and professional conduct aimed at ensuring that clients, colleagues, and the public are provided with innovative services and products that observe the highest standards of professional excellence. There are five different levels of AIA membership. They include architect members, associate members, international associate members, allied members and emeritus members.
Additionally, the AIA is run by a board of directors and a staff of more than 200 employees. As much as it operates as a national organization, at its core are 300 state and local components offering members with the local focus that echoes their professional lives. The constituents are spread across the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan. Notably, the organization’s architects influence government practices that have an impact on the profession and the quality of American life. Moreover, AIA offers professional development opportunities to its members.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is a registered architect. Previously, he worked as a magazine editor and an executive leader. In 1996, Ivy was recruited to serve as the Architectural Record’s editor in chief. He is credited for helping it to rank as the most read architectural journal. While serving as the editor in chief, Ivy led the Architectural Record to earn several publishing industry recognition, including the premier magazine journalism award. In 2009, he was honored with the highest recognition by the American Business Media, the Crain Award. Presently, he leads the American Institute of Architects. He is heavily involved in re-positioning the organization for the 21st century. Moreover, Ivy focuses on enhancing the value of the AIA and success of the architects.